Amateur Audubon - A Thread for Birders

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  1. Popovio

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    Also, my friend who is just quarantining and smoking weed in his house sent me this photo he took from his couch today.

    "Dude there's a really cool bird outside my window! What is it?"


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    Lucky bastard.
     
  2. Tiffin

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    What is it?
     
  3. Tiffin

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    Currently watching some kind of oriole eat oranges
     
  4. Popovio

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    Western Tanager.
     
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  5. Owsley

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    Seems like it’s been a bumper crop of successful nesting around my place. There are tons of near fully-fledged robins, cardinals, and thrashers all over the place. Always fun to see adult birds feeding bickering adult-sized offspring.
     
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  6. Popovio

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    Owls are fucking badass.

     
  7. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    hunting another bird of prey? nice.

    Looks like its a "long legged buzzard"
     
  8. Owsley

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    I took the day off today, so I decided to eat some edibles and lay on the bed swing on our porch and watch hummingbirds.

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    Shitty pics but you get the idea. Platform feeder and suet are on the other end of the porch. Good day.
     
  9. Owsley

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    I’ve got at least 2 females and 1 male that visit the feeder, but I see the females like 10:1 if not more. Guess the male might be busier defending territory right now.

    Put some raisins out on the platform feeder this morning and it took no time for the catbirds and robins to find them.
     
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  10. cutig

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    Ever put out mealworms for wrens and bluebirds?
     
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  11. Owsley

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    Yeah, I’ve actually got a mealworm seed cake in the suet feeder right now. The wrens (among others) go nuts over it, but I’ve never gotten bluebirds on it. They’re definitely in my neighborhood, but tend to stay in the more open areas.
     
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  12. AIP

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    You have very sexy hairy legs lol
     
  13. Lucky24Seven

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    Got my first female hummingbird of the year. Orioles are out in full force smashing the jelly and oranges. Had a Red Bellied Woodpecker on my platform feeder and a Bluebird on some suet. Good afternoon so far. Unfortunately for me, no edibles or THC involved.
     
  14. Owsley

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    Red-bellieds will readily take oranges too fwiw. So jealous of y’all who get orioles.
     
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  15. Tiffin

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    Sad post:

    Seen this little birds rolling around in the dirt/sand my dog has dug up every night recently. Hard to explain, but have an old freestanding fire pit that had the bottom eaten out of it sitting out there. This poor guy must have come up through the bottom a few hours ago and then got stuck and suffocated underneath the mesh lid. My dog would have noticed it earlier, just a little sooner and maybe could have save it. :( :tebow:

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  16. Lucky24Seven

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    Damn, that sucks. Looks like a Wren. They are always singing in my backyard.
     
  17. Bison Dele

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    Cool scene on the water this afternoon. There was a pair of asshole mute swans cruising around near me and all of a sudden there’s a big commotion behind me and a huge ass trumpeter swan came barreling in right at the mutes. Didn’t take them long to gtfo and the trumpeter gave chase. Mute swans are well known douchebag bullies but they wanted absolutely nothing to do with that guy
     
  18. Willpépé

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    So that nest I thought was a Coopers is definitely the red shoulder. I was just creeping their nest with the binos and fuck they are awesome. Also neighbor informed me she has like a $5000 camera and tripod so next weekend I hope to get some shots. I got to see a meal delivery this morning. Not sure on male vs female but seems like one is in the nest at all times now or almost all times.
     
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  19. Willpépé

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  20. AIP

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    Just neat, no arms but can build so perfect.

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  21. BudKilmer

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    I have hanging flowers on my front porch.

    Looks like a finch to me, built nest, laid eggs, 4 hatched, get to watch mama feed them all day.

    also have a feeder In the garden that a big blue jay just dominates as well as some cardinals and more finches
     
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  22. AIP

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    As I was playing in the garden off to the side in the woods are some flowering bushes/trees, weeds really and had to pause and watch a green hummingbird do what they do. And got thinking how they don’t worry about wearing a mask, or preparing for battle at the supermarket, making sure that they have hand sanitizer with them. Makes me think god is good

    thanks little hummingbird
     
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  23. Willpépé

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    iPhone zoomed in and binos. I’ll see if I can get more. I counted 3 eyas.
     
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  24. Owsley

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    That sycamore is massive!
     
  25. Willpépé

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    Absolute unit.
     
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  26. Lucky24Seven

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    Spotted my first Gold Finch of the year and the Humming Birds are starting to show up.
     
  27. Lucky24Seven

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    What is everyone’s opinion on Sparrows? Some times I feel like blasting the ones messing with my Wrens.
     
  28. Popovio

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    Don't have too many crowding up the feeders, the Finches have taken that task. I like seeing the White-Crowned sparrows when they're here.

    Went on a quick trip up to the mountains to do some birding again. Fucked around with a scope, got the hang of it by the end. Saw 3 kinds of Woodpeckers (Acorn, Hairy, and White-Headed). A bunch of Olive-Sided Flycatchers, Western Bluebirds, Mountain Chickadees, and an Anna's Hummingbird that was perched in an Oak Tree (miracle I could even see it.)

    Also one mystery bird, I believe it was a Swainson's Thrush. It had that speckled chest, and was just drab all over.
     
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  29. cutig

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    What kind of sparrow
     
  30. Lucky24Seven

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    House Sparrow
     
  31. Owsley

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    Fuck em
     
  32. Owsley

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    You ever seen a Lewis’s woodpecker?
     
  33. Popovio

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    This was my spot today.

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    Stellar's Jay running away from me with a peanut I gave him.

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    This is some stuff called Snow Plant. It's actually a type of fungus. Thought it was cool.

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    I have not. I should have by now though.
     
  34. cutig

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    Fuck em
     
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  35. Lucky24Seven

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    Gotta get my pellet gun sighted in.
     
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  36. cutig

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    They aren't a protected species so have at it
     
  37. Lucky24Seven

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    Yeah, I know. I just felt guilty shooting a bird I wasn’t going to eat and wanted positive reinforcement.
     
  38. Popovio

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    I would only consider shooting at Cowbirds. They throw other bird eggs out of nests, and trick other species into raising their young.
     
  39. Lucky24Seven

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    Same with the House Sparrows. They kill my wrens and bluebirds
     
  40. Owsley

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    At least they’re native. And certain species recognize and reject cowbird eggs.

    Wrens often destroy bluebird eggs and can kill nestlings, but again, I can let it slide because this is what they’ve evolved to do.

    House sparrows and European starlings didn’t bring themselves here, so part of me feels for them, but if it comes down to natives surviving there’s no discussion to be had. Just make it swift and painless.
     
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  41. cutig

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    Nope. They are pretty awesome birds. They usually lay their eggs with other bird eggs, then their chick just survives because it's a gigantic dick
     
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  42. Lucky24Seven

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    Damn, had no idea these wrens attack bluebirds. Guess I’ll be taking down the house next year.
     
  43. Popovio

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    I didn't know House Sparrows did the whole brood parasitism thing. Good to know.
     
  44. Owsley

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    Do any of y’all use cayenne bird seed for squirrel repellent? I don’t mind them eating seed on the ground at all, but climbing on my platform and preventing the birds from feeding isn’t going to be tolerated.
     
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  45. Owsley

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    Nah, let the wrens and bluebirds be. They’ll figure it out. Add another nest box or two.
     
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  46. Lucky24Seven

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    Gotcha. I guess this is the motivation I needed to put up my other Bluebird box
     
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  47. Lucky24Seven

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    Negative. They are all over my platform feeders, but I’ve given up and just replace the food every few days. Let me know how that works if you try it, please.
     
  48. cutig

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    I think the only way I ever solved that problem was to build something like this for the squirrels

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  49. Lucky24Seven

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    That is f’ing awesome
     
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